Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi), however, lost 1.12 million and 4.82 million customers respectively in June, in the aftermath of the December 2019 hikes and post-lockdown pangs as many feature phone users with prepaid connections gave up mobile connections as they were unable to recharge.
On Tuesday, Jio launched a new Rs 399 plan for users who opt for monthly billing instead of pay-as-you-go packs. Besides 75 gigabytes of data, customers would get access to Netflix on a mobile device and one-year subscription to two over-the-top applications and access to Jio’s movie and songs library.
After unleashing a price war in mobile tariffs and fibre-broadband services, billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio on Tuesday unveiled postpaid plans, bundling up to 500 GB of data and subscription to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney + Hotstar.
Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) has rolled out post-paid tariff plans to woo higher-paying subscribers, most of whom are currently with rivals Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (VIL), likely triggering another round of price competition in the mobile telephony space, benefiting consumers. But analysts say the Mukesh Ambani-led telco would find it far more difficult to poach historically stickier post-paid subscribers from its two rivals, given that mobile phone users already have access to a variety of content and large dollops of data.
“Shared operator TSPs (telecom service providers) cannot be saddled with the liability to pay the past dues of AGR (adjusted gross revenue) of licensee, that have shared the spectrum with the original licensees,” Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre told the Lok Sabha on Monday.
The telco said that strong macro growth drivers such as growth in data consumption, especially with more users migrating to 4G, amid increasing smartphone adoption will help it drive up ARPU, from Rs 114 at June end. It added its target is to achieve Rs 4,000 crore in annualized cost savings over the next 18 months.
In response to a question that if the telecom ministry plans to allow the use of Chinese equipment for 5G, Dhotre said 5G technology in telecom networks has not yet started.“The focus is currently on trials of India-specific 5G applications and use cases,” Dhotre said.
Bharti Airtel has written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), underlining its position that it has already paid the first instalment — over Rs 18,000 crore — of its roughly Rs 44,000 crore adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues and the next tranche is due only in 2021-22, two people familiar with the matter said.
Homegrown digital payments providers have submitted a writ intervention appeal in the Delhi High Court to become party in a case by Paytm’s parent One97 Communications against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and telcos for failing to provide adequate safeguards to curb frauds.
These companies, represented by the industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), have blamed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for not heeding to companies' complaints of fraudsters duping users via fake SMS headers and phishing calls.
The new set of recommendations come over two years after Trai recommended net neutrality rules that backed an open Internet. It had suggested having a mechanism for reasonable Internet traffic management to ensure quality of services while preserving security of networks and providing for emergency services.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R S Sharma said that contrary to general perception that availability of mobile towers will solve all problems, in-building connectivity still remains a challenge.
Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani is aiming to remake the country’s smartphone industry much like he did in wireless services, where his aggressive prices and simple plans quickly made him the dominant force.